Rs 50,000 fine on ‘bhandara’ organisers by SDMC, New Delhi

Taking action on people using single-use plastic, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Sunday issued a challan of Rs 50,000 to the organiser of a ‘bhandara’ in Chirag Delhi for using thermo plastic material and littering areas around it.    

A senior SDMC official said that under section 15 of National Green Tribunal (NGT) for using thermo plastic material and under section 317 and 351 for littering the place. “The field staff found that organisers had not taken proper measures to collect and dispose of used plates on the road. The civic body has already issued an instruction under swachhta hi sewa campaign, directing our staff to be vigilant and take appropriate action against the violators as per law

Further, various showrooms, shopping malls and eateries in SDMC areas have also signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Select City Mall to create a mass awareness programme besides distributing bags made of jute and clothes as part of its campaign to promote use of environment friendly bags, a senior SDMC official said. 

In an awareness event organised at Saket Mall, Chief Guest and local MP of South Delhi Ramesh Bidhuri stated that for ensuring a better future of the next generations, it become imperative to first of all ban single use plastic in Delhi.

“The indiscriminate use of plastic has been resulting in the out- break of cancer like fatal disease and plastic left over in the sewers has been creating obstacles in the smooth flow of water and sewer hence generation  of large quantity of Co2,” he said.

Bidhuri also requested Delhi Chief Minister to understand the gravity of plastic use and its ill effects and come forward to announce a blanket ban on single use plastic since it is posing a danger to entire humanity. SDMC Mayor Sunita Kangra stressed upon the need of working on the Rs 4- Reduce, Recycle, Reduce and refuse in order eliminate plastic at the earliest.

“A total of 170 show rooms and shops and 30 eateries in the mall have decided not to use plastic. This will make more than 36500 kg plastic out of use in one year,” a senior SDMC official said.

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